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Team Samaritans 2013

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon

Mileage Tracker: 287

THE STORY:

I started running the Samaritans 5K (and occasionally winning “third place in my age group” medals) a few years back as a favor to a friend. That first year, it was cold and wet, but despite getting there early, the parking lots were already jammed. I was amazed not only by the turnout but by the spirit suffusing the day.

I don’t know what I expected, probably a lot of gloom exacerbated by the rain, but I found anything but. Although I was not running as part of a team, or carrying any particular loss, I was moved by the communities surrounding lost loved ones who came together, especially under adverse conditions, to do something. To say names out loud. To raise money so that Samaritans would be there and maybe there wouldn’t be a next time. To be courageous – not everyone is as casual about covering 5K as I have the luxury of being. 

Samaritans 5K teams come from all walks of life. I consider the immensity of the loss suffered by so many - and the suffering that led so many to the place where there were no other options. But spending time with Samaritans means more than staring into the abyss. Those 5K teams, with support from Samaritans volunteers and staff, radiate courage, and hope. Samaritans provide that empowering place for communities to form, to come together, to share memories long after the grief is no longer fresh. 

And then it got personal. Friends lost their teenage daughter last April. On Marathon Monday. With others from her school and faith communities, including a teen Samaritans volunteer, we formed a 5K team. Her parents told me that running was #7 on the list of 100 things that make her happy. I knew where to channel some of the grief. Team #7 Running  raised more than $2000 in short order.

Running is high on the list of things that make me happy, too. 

Boston will be my fourth marathon. I hadn't thought I needed to run Boston. Despite living here for more than 25 years and being a runner for most of that time, because I know I'll never qualify I never seriously considered running it. However, even before things got personal, when I learned Samaritans had numbers, the desire to run Boston overwhelmed me. 

Boston is the marathon that needs no introduction. Rock stars run Boston. The world pays attention to this marathon. It's the marathon that everyone asks me if I've run, or am going to run, when I say I'm running a marathon. Runners from all over the world and superstars from running history converge. And don't forget the spiffy jackets. 

This is Boston, this is the Samaritans, and my friends lost their daughter to suicide. For Shaira Yasmin Ali, for all who suffer. Please give generously.

Thank you. 

Watch the Acts of Kindness video. Learn more about Samaritans.  Get Happier Boston (or wherever you are)!

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To This Fundraiser

$7,590

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jen, Steve, Gabe & Adam Nahn

    $40

  • John, Rebekah, Elena & Maya Coley

    $100

  • Meagan Burke

    $50

  • Proud Brother

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jill & John

    $100

  • The Sorenson Family

    $50

  • Andrea, Allen, Henry & Daniel

    $100

  • Kevin and Diane Farrell

    $100

  • Susan and Ben Bernhard

    $200

  • Judith Burke Stephenson

    $100

  • Kiki Giatis

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Holly Hampden Herring Holiday Pottery Sa...

    $61

  • The Cayer Family

    $50

  • The Brazile Family

    $100

  • Barb Paris

    $10

  • The McNamara Family

    $100

  • S. Farmer

    $200

  • Rabbi Miriam & Ryan

    $50

  • Rachel Lake

    $50

  • D. LEVI

    $15

  • Julie McDaniel

    $100

  • Mohamad and Kecia Ali

    $250

  • Rami Benayad-...

    $10

  • Amina Chaudary

    $30

  • Zeenat and Sarwar Raza

    $100

  • Erej Sarfraz

    $50

  • The Lustigs

    $50

  • Amy Lees

    $20

  • Eric Helmuth & Jordan Bach

    $100

  • Tina and Jerry Silberman

    $100

  • Ann Horwitz and Steve Joseph

    $50

  • Fleishma... Family

    $25

  • Annette Sawyer

    $25

  • Beth Eliot Schultz & Family

    $100

  • Ron and Mary Helen Schultz

    $25

  • The Pierson Family

    $26

  • J & K Atherton

    $20

  • Lauren Schneider and Dean Thompson

    $100

  • gabe ostriker

    $26

  • Susan Moore

    $100

  • Sondra Guttman

    $50

  • M. Goldman

    $20

  • Colleen Olphert

    $26

  • The Chvany Family

    $50

  • Marilyn Werth

    $25

  • Sue Schiefel...

    $200

  • Mary and Marie Sauer

    $30

  • Michele Ferrari

    $50

  • K. Schwartz

    $5

  • M. Maxwell

    $5

  • Doris, Paul and Nico

    $75

  • Judy Heller

    $25

  • Roberta Hurtig

    $25

  • Renee Lee

    $50

  • Monica

     

  • Donna Smith Sharff

    $25

  • Diane Meirowitz

    $50

  • Mary Fusoni & Stanley Pollack

    $50

  • Carol Burroughs

    $20

  • Linda Tomilson

    $50

  • The Osche Family

    $50

  • David S Pyle

    $30

  • Lisa Recker

    $50

  • Sarah Scully

    $25

  • Raffle and Auction

    $615

  • proud Mom and Dad

    $180

  • Natasha Arsenault Longo

    $75

  • Harry R

    $25

  • Joe Shapiro

    $26

  • Jen and Steve Nahn

    $46

  • Elisa and Justin

    $50

  • Anne & Dwight

    $50

  • Elaine Frankowksi

    $50

  • The Tripp Family

    $50

  • Kristen M. Ploetz

    $100

  • Laura Tracey

    $20

  • Bob and Nancy Jenkins

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ginny

    $50

  • Naida Grant

    $100

  • Nina Lian and Harlow Farmer

    $200

  • Jaclyn and Tim Bosco

    $50

  • Alan Frank

    $40

  • O. Plimpton

    $20

  • Steve and Jan

    $26

  • The Higgins/... Family

     

  • Vanderspek Family

    $45

  • Christine Montefiore

     

  • Conti Family

    $50

  • Duck and Anna Watson

    $25

  • The Magill-D... Family

    $50

  • Sally Ruth Rothman

     

  • J & R Rosen

    $50

  • Arlington Soccer Women

    $40

  • Jen Navarro

    $100

  • Kathy Kemp and Josh Stillerman

    $50

  • The O'Day Family

     

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76% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $111,549 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Laura Aloisi

Amount Raised:

$10,033

 

100% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Erin Wallace

Amount Raised:

$8,191

 

117% Raised of $7,000 Goal

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Peter Mongeau

Amount Raised:

$8,167

 

136% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Peter Gould

Amount Raised:

$7,886

 

158% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Carrie Flynn

Amount Raised:

$7,718

 

103% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Helene Newberg

Amount Raised:

$7,590

 

76% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Susanna (Xana) Locke

Amount Raised:

$7,405

 

106% Raised of $7,013 Goal

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Kevin Quinlan

Amount Raised:

$7,212

 

96% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

The O'Day Family

The O'Day Family

Thank you for running and for sharing your touching thoughts in writing. 12 months ago

Kathy Kemp and Josh Stillerman

Kathy Kemp and Josh Stillerman

DONATION: $50

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Jen Navarro

Jen Navarro

DONATION: $100

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Arlington Soccer Women

Arlington Soccer Women

DONATION: $40

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J & R Rosen

J & R Rosen

DONATION: $50

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